Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Station: BBC Radio 4

A granddaughter and grandmother who survived Auschwitz reflect on its impact on them both.

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Station: BBC Radio 4

Fi Glover with a conversation about the lasting impact of facing living death in Auschwitz

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Station: BBC Radio 4

Two friends share the stories of their grandmothers, who couldn't have been more different

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Station: BBC Radio 4

A vicar and his partner plan their wedding in spite of the Church's ban on gay marriage.

Valerie and Brian: Never Too Late To Say Sorry.

Valerie and Brian: Never Too Late To Say Sorry.

Station: BBC Radio Cumbria

Brian's serious head injury cost him his high-flying career, and nearly his family.

Sophia and Amber - Eating and Not Eating

Sophia and Amber - Eating and Not Eating

Station: BBC London 94.9

Friends dedicated to promoting understanding of anorexia, after their own experiences.

John and Fiona – A Second Chance

John and Fiona – A Second Chance

Station: BBC Radio Ulster

A father and daughter reflect on her change of career, from dancer to singer.

Alison and Shirley: Still the Same Person

Alison and Shirley: Still the Same Person

Station: BBC Radio Cumbria

Searching for individual happiness two sisters were separated by circumstance.

Father's Footsteps: Antonio & Leondre

Father's Footsteps: Antonio & Leondre

Station: BBC Radio Wales

12 year old Leondre talks to his Dad, Antonio, about family, music and helping the poor.